The WWE continues to celebrate their WWE Holiday Week with tonight’s (Dec 14th) presentation their annual Tribute to the Troops special.

To help hype the 15th celebration of the event, SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair recently spoke with Pollo Del Mar of the Arm Drag Takedown podcast to discuss being part of the Tribute to the Troops, the influx of new arriving from NXT to the main roster and her chemistry with Natalya. Highlights of the interview (courtesy of Pollo Del Mar) below.

On changes to the Women’s Division: “When you hear the women are main eventing, you aren’t really shocked. That’s huge! There are just so many things that have happened in the last two-and-a-half years. I think the biggest thing is just saying the Women are main eventing, and you aren’t shocked any more — because we’ve done it — and proven time and time again we deliver in that spot.”

On the influx of new Women from NXT: “I know what it’s like to come from NXT wanting to take over, wanting to make a difference. Now that we have so many women who have come up from NXT, and so many more debuts, it’s just more exciting to have fresh faces for fresh storylines. It raises competition and keeps everyone on their toes. I think it is great.”

Chemistry With Nattie: “What’s so special about me and Nattie is that she put me on the map in NXT. I won the NXT title from her, and then in my hometown a few weeks ago — which is even crazier, being in my hometown — winning the Smackdown Women’s title from her. You can’t deny our chemistry. Natalya is someone I always know, when I go in there, it just clicks.”

On Carmella’s Money in the Bank Threat: “I’ve never been in a situation where a girl can cash in or someone can interrupt our match. Carmella could cash in during our Clash of Champions match, and that’s something I’ve never been faced with before, so I don’t know what to expect — except just be wary of it.”

Participating in Tribute to the Troops 2017: “Knowing Tribute to the Troops is on a Naval Base and not in an arena, and we brought the show to them, all the men and women in their fatigues in the audience felt very personal and special. That’s how we wanted to make it for them. This is our most heartwarming and patriotic show of the year, and to be able to look at the ones front row — or even the ones in the bleachers — and look them in the eyes and say ‘Thank you’ on the mic after a match was extremely special.”

Charlotte also discusses her “unlikely journey” to the WWE, her short-lived marriages and co-authoring her book Second Nature with her father Ric Flair.

You can listen to the full interview here.

WWE’s Tribute to the Troops airs tonight at 8 PM ET on the USA Network.

What did you think of the interview? What have been some of your favorite moments from WWE’s Tribute to the Troops? Will you be tuning in to tonight’s show? Let us know in the comments below!

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    • carmellsworth

      stay on topic please

      • Keeana Tayler

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    • ssilva872

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  • She’s so humble and amazing. Love the a Queen.

  • #FlairfortheGold
    • Neutral

      A queen, a legend, a star, everyone wishes their fave was THIS iconic!!!

    • ???

      Actually no one can accomplish it , the only one who can do it is Paige cuz she’s both Divas and NXT champion . She only needs to win Raw and Smackdown women’s championships and she’ll be like her .

      • TJ

        Paige can!

        • TJ

          Lol sorry i got excited! Didnt even finish reading your comment! But yes, Paige is the only one right now, unless the Bellas and Nattie win the NXT belt (unlikely), alongside the MR belts before they retire.

          • TJ

            Add Mickie James to the list!

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            I was wondering why you said she can when I already said she’s the only one who can do it LOL .

            TBH it’s nearly impossible for the Bellas or Nattie to win the NXT Women’s championship because this title is only won by NXT women , never won by any main roster woman . Plus Brie will most likely not wrestle that long when she return (just one year and then retire).. Nikki will not be full time also because of her neck problems .. Nattie is likely soon to retire :(

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    • Mitch Von Erich

      Trish Stratus is still Queen of The WWE#notarguing

    • Jo9834

      Despite what anyone thinks or says, Charlotte deserves this and more, she’s elevated the womens division every time they give her a chance to do so. A true Icon in the making,

      I don’t see Paige doing this at all unfortunately. In 20 years time (if the WWE is still around) , Charlotte is the type of women you build a legacy around, because of her lineage and sheer brilliance in ring, they’ll talk about her for years to come.

      SIDENOTE: I’d love to see Trish back to get one or two more title runs though,

      • GLAMPIREQUEEN

        Paige is in good graces with the company, one of their most popular woman, well rounded performer and wrestler, was hand picked by The Rock as the “it girl” of this generation and isn’t even in the prime of her wrestling career yet. I’m sure she’ll accomplish this. Unless the company decides to just keep her on Raw for the rest of her career.

        • ???

          From the look of it , WWE seems to be still high on her and this is good news for me !

          I really hope this is just the beginning of Paige’s success ! She really deserves as much as Charlotte !

          • GLAMPIREQUEEN

            Yes! She really deserves it so much. Charlotte has had a huge impact on the women’s division and deserves to go down as one of the most decorated women superstars of all time, but Paige has accomplished so much history and made her mark in this company that she deserves the same accolade as well.

        • Jo9834

          I honestly hope so too! I love Paige.

  • Tnn Crs

    This is kinda off topic but I always wonder for who the Superstars voted & if it creates some tensions between them…

    • MK126

      Well we know Big Cass/ Dolph supported Trump… but I forgot who said it that politics aren’t really talked about backstage for obvious reasons. Also off topic I’m surprised there isn’t an article for Eva defending wrestling against Mia Khalifa who said she has no respect for the WWE and that Ronda’s career is going to die when she joins

      • Tnn Crs

        I don’t know if I could keep my mouth shut…

        • MK126

          I think that’s why no one talks about it LOL

    • StraightUpBitch

      I’m exactly like you. It’s no secret Mickie has always been a Republican (I believe she was one of the only women if not the only women who went to the Republican convention in 2008, and supported Linda on Twitter). You can tell a lot of women have been more vocal politically because of Trump, especially Sasha who is a liberal qween. But I’m always intrigued by women like Charlotte, The Bella’s and Alexa in terms of who they would have voted for. But I’m definitely intrigued by some superstars like Cena and The Rock who’ve had Republican pasts, but weren’t behind Trump at all in the 2016 election

      • Randall

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      • Typical Heel

        I understand why they don’t, even though i love Mickie James, i do sometimes side-eye her for being a Trump supporter, and i disowned Dolph Ziggler lol

        • Joseph

          Pretty sure she isn’t a Trump supporter when she has Native American blood in her.

        • ssilva872

          Eww if Mickie likes that idiot she can be bumped down significantly in how much I like and respect her..

          I am so close to 100% disowning Ziggler.. he has been trying it for the longest time..

      • Tnn Crs

        Charlotte is probably a republican as well as Miz & Maryse. But I’m more intrigued about how is a Trump supporter than about who is Republican because you can be Republican and still not support Trump & be a good person I believe…

        • Joseph

          Yea a lot of people hate him on both sides.

      • GLAMPIREQUEEN

        I think the Bellas said they voted for Hilary during the last election so they’re probably democrat. Nikki seems very democratic to me personally, anyway. Alexa is a republican.

        • StraightUpBitch

          I deffo get that vibe from the Bella’s, and I definitely couldn’t see either voting for Trump, especially after what he said about Mexicans. Alexa’s a weird one because someone else has said she’s a Dem

          • GLAMPIREQUEEN

            Someone on Twitter exposed her voters registerstration card which said she’s a republican. Sucks that people are honestly
            that invasive. I honestly got democratic vibes from her. But I agree with you on the Bellas! They’re way too proud of their heritage.

          • StraightUpBitch

            Awh that sucks, but I suppose it’s not that shocking considering white women voted in the majority for Trump

          • ssilva872

            She just liked a Paul Ryan tweet or some shit so yeah crappy wrestler and voter.. At least she is consistent.

          • GLAMPIREQUEEN

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  • Wicked Emma

    Charlotte is GOAT

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